Qazvin was one of the medieval capitals of the Safavid dynasty for over forty years and nowadays is known as the calligraphy capital of Iran. It is famous for its poets, carpet patterns, political newspapers and a local sweet named Baghlava.
Ali Qapu is a historical monument once the portal or one of the seven doors of the royal mansion with beautiful tile and plaster work, a mansion named the same but unfortunately, there is no sign of this mansion nowadays. The construction dates back to Safavid era. It is connected to an octagonal space with two rooms.
The beautiful edifice of Chehel Sotun is located in a large garden that was part of an early Safavid palace built in 1510, when Qazvin was Iran’s capital. This pavilion has beautiful colored-glass windows and an octagonal structure, it also has interesting wall paintings from Safavid and Qajar eras.
The multi chambered subterranean bathhouse dating back to the Sasanian period, now beautifully restored to serve as the anthropology museum are some lifelike mannequins documenting the different cultural traditions of the province.
Alamut Valley is a famous region in northeast of this province amongst the Alborz range, and although it is 30KM away from the city it is a major sightseeing place. The truly beautiful Ovan Lake amongst the mountains and the historical Alamut Castle (Fortress), ruins of the forts of Ismaili assassins, on top of a mountain are located in this area.